July 14, 2008
old and young
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photo by Donald Kinney
Well, here is a pleasant grove of redwoods that very few people venture into. Not that they don't pass close by... Busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is up a steep slope on the other side of the canyon that contains my beloved Lagunitas creek, and running parallel to this strip of redwoods is a well-used bicycle and jogging trail that 100 years ago was the roadbed for a narrow-guage railroad that delivered people and goods to Samuel P. Taylor's resort and paper mill, and then beyond to Point Reyes Station.
Of course, the redwood trees were heavily harvested just prior to 1900, and Mr. Taylor put a pretty good dent in the fir trees for his papermill. In the intervening 100 years the trees have made a fine comeback -- fir trees grow like weeds, and redwood trees have an amazing ability to regenerate themselves from roots around stumps. Life, although quiet, goes on...
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